“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.  When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”  [Matthew 13:44]

I received an e-mail the other day from a very dear sister in the Lord.  Her confession was…I’m weary and I’m tired of digging.

As human beings we create habits so easily that we may forget the motive or the ‘why’ we started in the first place.  What my friend was referring to was bible study.  My answer to her went something like this.  When God called and empowered me to ‘go into all the world’, I questioned His choice, but not the call.  I heard and I went!  I had been a student and teacher of His Word for many years.  His voice, His call was all I needed, but then others didn’t necessarily agree; so I studied and studied and studied, all my ‘digging’ continually led me back to the pearl of great price – I had Him and He was enough.  He became my teacher, my healer, my deliverer and my all sufficient companion.

In the parable of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price, it says once the man found it he was full of JOY!   He then sold everything else to take ownership of what he had found.  Jesus said, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.  These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”  Keep reading His Story, grow in grace and knowledge, but keep in mind life is found in Him; He is the bread of life, the learning is in the living, His presence will teach and nourish you in all things.

Further Reading:   Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 25:31-40